Malware Alert: Tsunami in Australia on New Year’s Eve 2013

Cybercriminals rely on bogus news articles to spread malicious files

By Eduard Kovacs on November 19th, 2012 19:41 GMT

Cybercriminals are sending out emails to warn users of an alleged tsunami that will hit Australia on New Year’s Eve. The messages are part of an attempt to trick internauts into installing a piece of malware onto their computers.

The emails, entitled “Tsunami in australia New Year's Eve 2013,” read something like this:

“TSUNAMI in Australia New Year's Eve 2013 ?

As discovered today in a leaked video of a secret meeting at the australian agency of volcanology and seismology.

The TSUNAMI will hit all australian shores in New Year's Eve 2013 and also appears in the video exactly the expectations of the australian agency of volcanology and seismology that tsunami will hit with an earthquake measuring 7 degrees, which will cost australia and the australian people a lot of casualties estimated as 50,000 people and a lot of large material losses.

It also revealed that the natural disaster agency did not warn australian citizens about this disaster so far it is still in the event of reticence about this disaster to avoid panic among australian citizens.

For more details click on watch now to watch the complete video that was leaked secretly from the australian agency of volcanology and seismology.

Watch Now”

According to Hoax Slayer, users who press the “Watch Now” button are served a malicious file that can install malware on their computers.

The messages are disguised as legitimate news reports, bearing the logo of News.com.au, and since recipients are simply asked to press on a button, it’s likely that many might fall for the scam.

Remember that reputable news websites will never spam users, so if you come across such emails, they’re likely part of a scam. Also, make sure that an antivirus solution is up and running on your computer since it's probably able to block the malware before it’s downloaded.
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